Richards Dry Dock and Engineering Ltd

Photographs of workers at Richards Dry Dock in 2007

By Laura Matthews

Profile of Simon Coote: General Manager of Richards Dry Dock and Engineering

Simon first started working in a shipyard in Lowestoft as an engineer before moving to Richards Dry Dock and Engineering in Great Yarmouth where he has been working for the past 11 years. He is currently the general manager, which involves managing the day-to-day operations of the company.

The main bulk of the work at Richards is the repair of North Sea oil and gas vessels, they also repair small workboats and hulls for various companies. Building a boat depends on the size: they build from kits, which can take from 18 to 30 weeks depending upon the size of the boat.

Simon says: "From an operational point of view, the job has changed little over the past 30 to 40 years. The yard is divided up into different areas, the biggest of which is the fabrication site, where the steel workers and welders work. The engineering department, joinery department and a painting department are also on the yard".

Simon's typical day involves project managing new jobs: new builds and repairs, making sure the work is on time, and keeping everything on budget. He most enjoys the variety and challenges the job brings. Despite closures in the industry he believes the future of this yard is healthy as there will always be a need for someone to repair boats.

Photo:Portrait of Liam Sones, aprentice at Richards, standing by part of a ship he is welding

Portrait of Liam Sones, aprentice at Richards, standing by part of a ship he is welding

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Photo:Portrait of Russell Storman in the boat building shed at Richards

Portrait of Russell Storman in the boat building shed at Richards

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Photo:View of the inside of the boat building shed from the river

View of the inside of the boat building shed from the river

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Photo:View of someone working on a ship inside the boat building shed

View of someone working on a ship inside the boat building shed

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Photo:Portrait of David Newcombe in the machine shop

Portrait of David Newcombe in the machine shop

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Photo:Portrait of J. Pendergast in the machine shop at Richards

Portrait of J. Pendergast in the machine shop at Richards

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Photo:Group Portrait of workers in the machine shop at Richards

Group Portrait of workers in the machine shop at Richards

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Photo:View of the empty dry dock filled with water

View of the empty dry dock filled with water

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Photo:The outside of the boat building shed at Richards with the dry dock in front

The outside of the boat building shed at Richards with the dry dock in front

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Photo:View of the ship yard with the boat building shed and the offices in the background

View of the ship yard with the boat building shed and the offices in the background

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Photo:The company sign displayed on the end of the boat building shed

The company sign displayed on the end of the boat building shed

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This page was added by Laura Matthews on 08/05/2007.
Comments about this page

Question re. Richards Shipyard:
I am looking into the history of HMS Quainton.
Ton Class minesweeper launched 1957 Richards Shipyard. Broken up Blythe 1979.
I am paricularly interested in finding a picture of the crest.
Can anyone help me with this?

Thank you,

John Allibone

By John Allibone
On 14/06/2007

Hi, just commenting on the apprentice in the first photo . there is a big poss we could be related as my father is from Great Yarmouth. if you could please forward him my email .thanks

By Mark Sones
On 15/08/2008

Hi can anyone please help I am trying to find plans and photos of the Supplyship Forties Shore (now Ios Panther and has been called Sea Panther) that I believe was built in 1975 at Richards Shipyard, any photos would help be finish building a scale model.
Regards
Ken

By ken saward
On 22/08/2008

Hi John Allibone do you still want info on HMS Quainton?  I served on the ship during my stint in the RNR as a marine engineer so know the full layout even built a 1/38 scale model of her and sail regularly, drop me a line or visit Ton Class Association.  Happy days, Chris.

By Chris Bell
On 07/01/2013

My late father in law , Dodger Nudd, worked here would be lovely to see any old photos or if anyone remembers him.

By Tina Nudd
On 14/02/2018

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